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Bring your problems to our court, IS tells Afghans

Kabul : The Islamic State terrorist group has asked people in parts of eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan to refer their problems to their judiciary.

The terror group has issued warnings in areas where they are operating warning local elders not to organise Jirgas and if people have issues they need to refer to the IS, a report on Khaama press said.

IS claimed to have judges for deciding issues brought by the people.

Australia presents bill to revoke citizenship of terrorists

Canberra : The Australian government on Wednesday submitted to parliament a bill to revoke citizenship of Australians with dual nationality, fighting as jihadis or convicted of terrorist acts.

The Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) 2015, provides for automatic cancellation of citizenship of people with dual nationality, if they are fighting in any blacklisted foreign terrorist organisation.

Those who have dual nationality will also automatically lose their Australian citizenship if convicted by courts for any terrorist crime or "conduct".

UAE diplomats targeted in Mogadishu, 14 killed

Mogadishu : At least 14 people were killed and five others injured on Wednesday in a roadside car explosion targeting diplomats from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Police officer Ismail Mohamed told Xinhua that the blast targeted UAE diplomats, adding that eight civilians and six soldiers died in the attack, but UAE diplomats escaped unhurt.

Sushma Swaraj arrives in Nepal for donors conference

Kathmandu : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived here on Wednesday evening to participate in Thursday's international donors' conference on Nepal's post-earthquake reconstruction.

"As I arrive in Kathmandu on my third visit during the last one year, I, on behalf of the government and people of India, convey our deepest condolences to the government and people of Nepal on the death and destruction caused by the devastating earthquake on April 25," she said.

Sri Lanka attempts to weaken funding networks of LTTE

Colombo : The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday said it was in the process of strengthening diplomatic ties with countries that have worked with Sri Lanka in the past to weaken the financial and support networks of the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told journalists in Colombo that the government was firm in its resolve to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, Xinhua reported.

France summons US ambassador over spying report

Paris : France on Wednesday summoned the US ambassador to explain a WikiLeaks document concerning the US's spying on three French leaders, including President Francois Hollande, news channel BFMTV reported.

Cabinet nod for pact with Japan

New Delhi : The union cabinet on Wednesday approved signing of a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) between India's department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO), an official statement said.

The purpose of MoC is to establish a framework for bilateral cooperation in the field of industrial property (IP), with emphasis on capacity building, human resource development and awareness generation.

The offices will implement a biennial action plan comprising cooperation projects and activities.

Pakistani Mohajirs' plight highlighted at UN

Geneva: The European Mohajir Network has highlighted the sorry human rights status of Pakistan's Mohajirs -- the Muslims who migrated from India following Partition in 1947 -- at the 29th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) here.

Mohajirs continue to face persecution by the Pakistan government and, therefore, live battered lives in the land they chose after partition, said panellists at an event organised over the weekend by the group seeking justice for Pakistan's Mohajirs.

Sri Lanka's opposition concerned about Rajapaksa's security

Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition party on Wednesday raised concerns regarding the security of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and urged the government to address the issue urgently.

Opposition Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leader Dinesh Gunawardena, speaking in parliament, accused the government of failing to provide facilities to the former president, Xinhua reported.

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Islamic State mints 'Islamic Dinar' coins

London: The Islamic State (IS) terror group has posted on the social media pictures of a series of gold coins which it claimed were the long awaited currency of the radical group, media reported.

The coins were a series of gold sovereigns bearing IS inscriptions. The group claimed that one gold coin was worth $139, a report in the London-based Telegraph on Wednesday said adding that the terror group has begun minting its own "Islamic Dinar" coins.

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